Lecture on the law and climate activism

Jaap Spier will be interviewed in Spui25 (in Dutch) on his work in legal climate activism. Spier is one of the authors of the Oslo Principles, a set of Principles that comprise the essential obligations States and enterprises have to avert the critical level of global warming. Jaap Thielbeeke interviews him about global problems, the... Continue Reading →

Brief introduction to animal rights

The latest addition to the Dutch book series "Elementaire deeltjes" is a book on animal rights, Dierenrechten. Historian Dirk-Jan Verdonk explores past, present and future of the moral position ascribed to animals in theology, philosophy, science, law, and policy. Which responsibility do people have for animal welfare? Dirk-Jan Verdonk is also the author of Het... Continue Reading →

Our Water Week

This is the week of ‘Our Water’ (Ons Water). The water lobby in the Netherlands has designated this week to organize activities to increase our awareness of water as an important theme in our society, as a threat (sea level rise, cluster showers), but also as an essential resource (drinking water). On Saturday evening a... Continue Reading →

The Art of Deception

Exhibition by Isaac Monté, in collaboration with Toby Kiers Mediamatic, Amsterdam, 04-10-’16 / 14-02-‘17 Exhibition review by: Tim Renders This exhibition discusses the human urge for perfection by displaying transformed pigs hearts that resemble the urge for inner beauty. Belgian design activist Isaac Monté cooperated for this project with evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers, who is... Continue Reading →

CFP: Environmental Humanities and New Materialisms

Environmental Humanities and New Materialisms The Ethics of Decolonizing Nature and Culture 8th Annual Conference on the New Materialisms 7-9 June 2017, Paris Environmental Humanities and New Materialisms share an ethic of decolonizing nature and culture, as they depart from anthropocentric and constructivist positions. Our call is to consider ourselves as permeable, part of the... Continue Reading →

Workshop smARTcities and Waste Network

Techno-Scientific Innovation and Waste Opportunities and Consequences Van Eyck Institute, Maastricht 9th December 2016, 9.30-5pm The theme of the Maastricht workshop is Techno-Scientific Innovation and Waste; Opportunities and Consequences. This theme has developed “organically” from two main sources: The local context of Maastricht, particularly in relation to the post-industrial status of Maastricht and the legacy... Continue Reading →

Landscape event (2 December)

The question how people relate to the natural and built environment is central to landscape studies as well as the environmental humanities. On 2 December, three speakers address questions such as: Can landscape offer democratic answers to the problems that face the world’s environment? How does the preservation of built heritage relate to landscape conservation?... Continue Reading →

The Center in the Press

This weekend, an article on our Center appeared on a two-page spread in Elsevier. Science journalist Theo Toebosch interviewed Sjoerd Kluiving and Kristine Steenbergh about the center and its aims. We're pleasantly surprised with our first appearance in the national press, since we hope to make connections with as many communities as possible. Read the... Continue Reading →

Launch Environmental Humanities Center

On Friday 4 November, the Environmental Humanities Center was officially launched at a festive opening event. Gert-Jan Burgers, director of the interdisciplinary research institute CLUE+, opened the Center by tying a ceremonious knot. The act of tying together rather than cutting through a ribbon symbolizes the Environmental Humanities Centers' commitment to connecting various disciplines and... Continue Reading →

Apply soon for PhD positions Environment and Society

The doctoral program “Environment and Society” in Münich invites applications from graduates in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences who wish to research the complex relationships between environment and society in an interdisciplinary setting. Applications for summer semester 2017 must be submitted by 15 November 2016 via the online application portal. To learn more... Continue Reading →

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